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Managing and maintaining equipment procedure forms and required information can be labor intensive if done correctly, so let’s take a look at the requirements, formats and changes that come annually to the AASHTO R18 standard. Laboratories are required for accreditation to perform calibration, standardization, checks and maintenance procedures. While these requirements are executed through in-house

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It’s important to identify measurement standards in your equipment inventory and to include details when documenting procedures. Measurement standards are non-working instruments used for in-house calibrations, checks and standardization procedures that should not be used as day-to-day working instruments in the laboratory. Using measurement standards as “working equipment” can ultimately lead to non-conformities when discovered

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With equipment procedures being one of the most active areas in managing your QMS, it’s fair to say that notifications are of the utmost importance in keeping on track and not getting behind. If you’re an average laboratory with 100+ pieces of equipment requiring a cal/check/standard or maintenance procedure, you’re dealing with 100-200 procedures annually.

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As fast as technology changes, we could write a blog entry on this subject quite frequently. The more labs that we speak with in regards to their QMS management methods, more and more, they are wanting to “manage in one place” with a standardized method. However, there are limited options that accomplish this goal. I recently

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It’s easy to become overwhelmed when it comes to maintaining procedures that require recurring activities within your quality manual; equipment procedures, technician evaluations, PSP samples, and management reviews – just to name a few. Examples of procedures that don’t require frequencies would be storage, retention and disposal of test samples and identifying samples. Let’s take a

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With the number of labs growing that have implemented R18LabQMS, the number of labs adding satellite lab accounts is also growing. These labs have seen the benefit of the application to manage all procedures in one place and to provide ease of access to the assessor prior to coming on-site. The benefits are numerous, let’s

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A question that comes up from time to time is, “Can I use R18LabQMS to manage other quality standards, i.e. ASTM D3666, ASTM E329, or ISO 17025?”  This question was presented recently by an assessor who commented that it would be of great value if this was built into the application. Well, the good news

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With the New Year here, we have made an update to a couple areas of the application. We hope that these updates are found to be useful in your management of your QMS in 2019. We appreciate the feedback we have gotten about updates, suggestions for new features, and we will continue to work on

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Moving from one management system to the next can seem like a daunting task. But as we continue to move deeper into the age of technology, it’s no longer an option. We see this change in virtually every sector of business. Some call it “market disruption” and Amazon, Uber and Airbnb are just a few

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2018 is rapidly coming to a close. It was a benchmark year of milestones that have taken R18LabQMS to new heights. Looking back to the early days and development of R18LabQMS, we never imagined the far reach this management tool would have in the industry. A DOT in the Northeast was the very first user

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